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Assange interview

Posted by Charles II on July 2, 2011

You can now see Amy Goodman interview Julian Assange here.

For those many Americans who have never actually met a member of the real left, you should listen to Slavoj Žižek. Amid all the joking, it’s clear that he regards liberals as worse than conservatives, because they are trying to prevent the collapse of the system. The (completely ahistorical) belief that Utopia can only emerge from the ashes of the established order seems to be a defining characteristic of extremism of either left or right.

By contrast, Julian Assange seems to have discovered and embraced a principle that transcends any ideology, namely that if people genuinely know what is going on, they will do the right thing. While it is not true for those cynical opportunists who do know what is going on yet continue to do wrong, it probably is true for the overwhelming mass of people of all ideologies. It is also a very ancient principle, enunciated two millennia ago: “Know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

Of course, others have used the phrase with less noble motives, or perhaps they understood freedom as the ability to inflict death and suffering on a global scale.

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